Thought Stopping Worksheet

What is the theory behind this Thought Stopping Worksheet?

Anxiety is found to be very prevalent among individuals who have a chain of thoughts and they catastrophize every situation which creates distress in their life. The abrupt flow of thoughts can also create some physical symptoms like headache, palpitation, and restlessness. These individuals have low mood and always seems distracted. Basically, anxiety affects our behavior and we are unable to take action in real life and only think about the situation and its outcome. Thought-stopping has been found to be very effective to reduce such symptoms and create ease for individuals.  

How will the worksheet help?

Though stopping has been characterized as a mechanism of sublimation and suppression of unwanted thoughts. This worksheet can help clients identify the trigger for overthinking it will also boost their problem-solving and help them look into situations in more realistic ways. It will ease clients’ unwanted intrusive thoughts and help them release their internal anxiety. 

How to use the worksheet?

This worksheet is helpful for the client and practitioners to identify the flow of thought and its trigger. Instruct the client to identify the starting point of their overthinking and work on their imagination to calm and soothe them from overthinking. Such images will help them identify their needs and wants. Help client split their goal into practical ways and make small steps to achieve them. Instruct clients to stop themselves by using mentioned techniques and adopt any activity afterward to change their mood from negative to positive one. 

You can download this worksheet here.

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